Moscow: Gos. izd-vo, 1928. 51 pp., 6 ills. 21x14 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Spine repaired, some stains, minor tears of edges of oversized covers, p. 3-14 detached from text block, otherwise very good.
First edition. One of 5000 copies. Scarce.
The book is written by futurist poet Nikolai Aseev (1889–1963), a member of the groups ‘Tsentrifuga’ [Centrifuge], ‘Tvorchestvo’ [Creativity], one of the leaders of the LEF (1923–1928). Aseev was influenced a lot by V. Mayakovsky, was close with him and other figures of Russian avant-garde.
Parts of this poem or “poetic commentaries” supplement excerpts of interrogation records and memoirs of soldiers and partisans that were held in the Istprof Archive of the Central Committee of the Union of Miners. ‘Istprof’ was the commission studying the history of trade unions. The main character of this poem, Semen Proskakov was a miner who worked 17 years in Siberian mines. After the Revolution, he became a Red partisan and fought against general Alexander Kolchak and White units in Siberia.
The edition includes a drawn portrait of general Kolchak, photographs of cruel ataman Boris Annenkov and his officers, a group photograph of Siberian partisans, a reproduction of one Kolchak’s order of 1919 and a document about imprisonment of him in the Irkutsk jail in January 1920.
Worldcat shows copies located in Princeton, Yale, Columbia, North Carolina Universities, Getty Institute, Amherst College and NYPL.